The art and craft of pysanky

Archive for July, 2015

Big News!

I cannot begin to describe how excited I was when I found this catalog in my mailbox. FolkSchoolcatalog It means finally I can officially announce that June 12-18, 2016 I will be teaching a  pysanky class at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina.


The Folk School is like year-round summer camp for adults in a beautiful farm-like setting but is it so much more than that.  They emphasize non-competitive learning in all kinds of different folk arts…from quilting to blacksmithing to cooking, writing, woodturning, and music to name just a few.


Years ago my sister and I attended an artisan bread-baking class there and we loved everything about that experience.  I had always dreamed of going back, but going back to teach an egg class is a dream come true.


Got plans for next June?  Come on down.

A Taste of Heaven

Five days of “playing eggs” with friends old and new, now that is my idea of what heaven is like.  I just got back from the Pysanky USA Retreat 2015 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and am still on a pysanky high.  Together with 70 other pysanky artists we spent our days giving and teaching classes, hanging out in the play room working on eggs, and catching up on each other’s lives.  True community at its best.


This is a far-flung group to say the least.  One person came from Japan and not only that, she comes from the same city where I was born.  Such a small world, isn’t it?  Another spent this last year on the medical ship Mercy Africa in Madagascar.  Many folks came from the Northeastern states but we had attendees from the South, the Midwest, the West Coast and also Canada.


Here are just a few photos to give you a taste of my personal heaven.